Ga. highway gunman idolized Parkland shooter

Ga. highway gunman idolized Parkland shooter

I don’t know how this didn’t make bigger headlines. I didn’t hear about this story until late Saturday and only because of its connection to the Parkland school shooting.

Anyway, on Friday, 26-year-old Rex Whitmire Harbour used a 9mm handgun to shoot at random commuters on Georgia Highway 365 in Hall County, Georgia. Harbour took the coward’s way out by way of a self-inflicted gunshot after a short chase by police. Police were said to have found three 9mm handguns, a 12-gauge shotgun, a BB-gun, and 3,000 rounds of ammunition in Harbour’s car. Three people were injured, two with gunshot wounds. Thankfully, no one received any life-threatening injuries.

The reason this came across my radar is that Harbour was a fan of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz. When police searched Harbour’s home, where he lived with his parents I might add, they found the almost prerequisite hate-filled journal where Harbour called Cruz a hero and wrote that Cruz gave Harbour “courage and confidence.” I’m pretty sure he got those words mixed up with crazy and cowardice. No word on if Harbour’s parents knew anything about their son’s obvious mental issues. Also, I haven’t seen how Harbour obtained his guns but considering it’s Georgia, I doubt he had a hard time getting his hands on them. Second Amendment y’all.

This is why I say people who exhibit some kind of hero worship toward killers and mass murderers should have close eyes kept on them. This kind of behavior is in no way beneficial to anyone and should be treated as a sign of a dangerous mental illness.

(Sources)

FOX 5 Atlanta
FOX 5 Atlanta
USA Today

Parkland school shooter getting fan mail

Parkland school shooter getting fan mail

This is a story from March that I had hoped to finish before the end of April but here we are.

You know, after 18 years of dealing with Columbiners, Holmies, and Chupacabras, you’d think I wouldn’t be surprised when some mass murdering reprobate attracts a cult following, yet here we are.

The inhuman scumbag known as Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is being sent fan mail and love letters in jail. I thought due to the fact that he killed so many innocent victims, and looks like a rat-faced weasel, that he wouldn’t attract that many murder groupies. I was wrong.

On March 15, a person who identified themselves as an 18-year-old woman from Texas wrote: “When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you.”

“Your eyes are beautiful and the freckles on your face make you so handsome.”

Another woman sent Cruz nine suggestive photos, the newspaper reported.

One woman recently solicited pictures to make a collage to send Cruz.

“I want him to see how many people love and care for him and all the beautiful faces,” she wrote, according to the Sentinel.

I’m sure that’s just the tip of the crazy iceberg. He has also reportedly been sent photos of some of his female fans in various states of undress. Thankfully, the jail has not been allowing Cruz to see his fan mail.

I wonder what they’re calling themselves since every congregation of murder groupies needs to have a name nowadays. I would imagine Cruzers would be too obvious. Then again most of these lovesick loons lack the creative imagination to come up with anything else.

If your son or daughter is one of these Cruz fans, seek help for them immediately. This may not be just a phase as I have witnessed full-grown adults who indulge in this behavior. Once again, I’m reminded of the woman with a family who many years ago posted on a columbiner forum about having Dylan Klebold’s ghost babies. Again, I wish I was making that up. There’s also the copycat syndrome to consider as many of today’s school shooters, and would-be school shooters, were fans of school shooters that came before them.

James Holmes is no friend to mental illness

James Holmes

James Holmes

After his arrest for the movie theater murders in Aurora, Colorado, a number of James Holmes fangirls showed up on the internet, mostly Tumblr, because…well…it’s Tumblr. Having dealt with a murder groupie or two in my time I wrote about the self-proclaimed ‘Holmies’ here.

With his recent conviction this article from Slate by Amanda Hess revisits with the Holmies to see if their attitude has changed towards their mass-murdering heartthrob. Surprisingly it has but not necessarily for the better. A number of them now see him as some sort of martyr for mental illness in this country. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety on a daily basis let me make it clear that in no way, shape or form should this assclown be used as the poster boy for mental illnesses. To do so would be wrong for a number of different reasons.

First to portray him as some sort of sympathetic figure is akin to excusing him for the brutal murders of 12 innocent people. Secondly, there’s enough of a stigma against mental illnesses already that this would make people think that anyone with even the slightest psychological defect is a potential mass murderer. Lastly and most importantly it would further discourage people suffering from a mental illness from seeking treatment lest they be thought a danger to those around them.

If you want to make anyone the spokesperson for mental illness and treatment make it the person who suffers in silence since no one around them can understand how they’re feeling and who receive advice like “Have you tried not being depressed?” by people who don’t know any better.

Why we should name the killers

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Whenever a high-profile crime is committed, like the recent shooting at Seattle Pacific University, a number of respectable people will get up on their soap boxes and say that the names of the killers should not be made public. They argue that by making their names public it’s giving them the fame they do desperately craved. While they may have a valid argument I disagree with their point, I think the killers’ names should always be made public.

The first is that the only people who are giving them fame are a small minority of the populace and ones you couldn’t pay me to interact with. Not naming them would not prevent copycat crimes. Secondly, I believe we should know who our monsters are. To not name a mass murderer or spree killer would lead us to forget the atrocities they’ve committed. Lastly, if we don’t know their names they’ll be given names by the Nancy Graces of the world. That would end up giving them larger than life type names that would only add to their legend. You say David Berkowitz and most people shrug but you say ‘Son of Sam’ and people take notice.

What we should do instead of not naming them is to not show their pictures except in instances of wanted fugitives. Granted in this day of the internet you can’t un-ring the bell once that picture is made public but I think that would go a longer way to dissuading any delusions of fame rather than not naming them. Let us not forget about all the girls who became ‘fans’ of James Holmes after his mugshot was released.

To me not naming the killers is too Orwellian and reeks of revisionist history and censorship but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things we can do to discourage these claims to so-called fame in the future.

Holmies: A new breed of murder groupies

James Holmes

James Holmes

‘Holmies for life’: Shocking pictures reveal sick online fans of Dark Knight massacre gunman James Holmes who wear his favourite clothes:

A Guide To The Dark World Of James Holmes Internet Fandom:

Murder groupies are nothing new to me. I’ve been writing about them since roughly the first day I put keyboard to text field. I originally posted about the mutants. A term I use about the people who either idolize or sympathize with school shooters, mostly the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. Then a few years later I started writing about the fans of convicted tripe child murderer Damien Echols of the West Memphis 3. So it came as no shock to me that there are now fans of Aurora theater mass murdering scumbag James Holmes. They’ve even already named themselves. They call themselves “Holmies’.

Murder fandom is nothing new. I don’t know who the first murdering coward was that received a piece of fan mail but it’s been going on as long as I can remember. Women have written love letters to Ted Bundy. The Menendez brothers both got married while serving life terms for killing their parents. Also I’ve known way too many people who were really into Charles Manson. But just because it’s not new it doesn’t make it any less disturbing.

The ‘Holmies’ are mostly teenage girls who think that Holmes is hot. I guess if you’re into Ronald McDonald but whatever. Like most teenage girls they show their adoration for Holmes with pictures and letters that they’ve posted on the internet. They have group forums and chat rooms where they talk about the crushes that they have on him. It’s like how most teenage girls show their obsessions with their favorite pop star but instead their idol is a mass murdering psychopath. They also wear plaid and drink Slurpees in homage of Holmes since he was allegedly arrested in a plaid shirt and he talked about owning a Slurpee machine when he was younger. I would imagine some of them have even dyed their hair like Holmes.

Too many kids today in our society have no moral compass. They’re told that everyone is special and that there is no right or wrong. It’s all about what they want at any given time. And don’t give me any crap about these kids or even Holmes being an outcast. When I was a kid there wasn’t hardly anyone who was more of an outcast than I was and my attention was never drawn once to serial killers or mass murderers. To these kids I say this is wrong. This is not a good or even a safe thing to do. By proclaiming a public love for someone who took the lives of 12 innocent people and sent dozens more to the hospital will invite nothing but trouble on you. To their parents I say pay closer, or any, attention to your kids. If they’re a ‘Holmie’ do your damn job as a parent and put a stop to it. As I always like to say, you’re their parent first and their friend second.

I wonder how long it will be before one of these ‘Holmies’ gets locked up for plotting or committing their own crime.